January 2019

To warm up, let’s have a little dance:

Yen put his old tripod on Linus’s camera, so he’s been taking a lot more photos (now that they’re less blurry). He looks like such a little pro!

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We had an unusually warm day in early January and decided to take a little hike. Unfortunately a warm day means melt!

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Here’s our fashionista! She’s very careful with her clothes and accessories, and she’s even started to make suggestions for me. One Saturday morning we were headed out for some lunch and she said, “Why do you always wear those shoes? Try these!” I did as instructed and when Yen came downstairs a few minutes later, he complimented them!

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Nana has bigger concerns. He’s finally gotten interested in arts and crafts. I was particularly excited by this little project. He selected some stickers, laid them out on the page, and then drew a basic background. You probably can’t see it well, but there are ships floating on a horizon line, a rocket in the middle of the page, and some satellites floating at the top.

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Karaoke madness!

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I love it when Yen gets this lens out and gets really close up.

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More drawing. Yen is teaching the kids about the days of the week, and also decorating the calendar to remind them of events like skating lessons and lunches with friends.

Speaking of… I don’t think there are any photo of either, but Linus is taking skating lessons and they’re both in gymnastics now. Linus has really blossomed on the ice. He goes around by himself, and the teacher tells some of the other kids, “Try to do what Linus does!” That feels awfully good after how disappointing our last attempt at lessons was. I guess he’s just ready now.

Meanwhile in gymnastics… Yen originally registered Mina, but when Linus went to watch her in the first session, he begged to join in. Now they can do little somersaults.

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Mina’s birthday balloon! We only recently declared it deceased. She misses it terribly.

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Speaking of birthdays, here’s Linus getting Mina’s cake ready!

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I didn’t mean to invite such a huge crowd, but we had a terrific time – and way too much food as usual.

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Linus helped Mina handle the candles.

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Her favorite gift was this microscope. She spent the rest of the day examining everything she ate. We keep finding a few surprises under the scope – as you can see below.

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After all that food, you need a stretch!

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More painting! Good wintertime activity, I guess. I like Linus’s multitasking: eat and create.

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Linus finds beauty in everything, I think.

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The kids are obsessed with puzzles lately. We’ve got at least 20 now (no exaggeration – I just counted the stack behind me). At least once a day, every day, we have a big puzzle-a-thon. Sometimes the kids challenge us to do them as fast as possible. It gets rather stressful even when there are just 65 pieces.

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Mina is my dedicated sous chef these days (Linus says he just wants to eat when we’re done). We make waffles or pancakes most Sunday mornings.

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Hey, did you see the super blood moon eclipse? I didn’t – I was asleep.

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Yen’s aunt bought Linus this adorable suit jacket. It goes perfectly with our newest family hobby: playing cards. They’re both very good at Go Fish and Slap (aka “Which one is bigger?”). Mina doesn’t like Old Maid as much, but it’s Linus’s absolute favorite. He loves the Old Maid card and thinks the person who ends up with her is the winner (in our set she’s an opposum).

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This is a great series. Launching from the couch!

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Sigh. Those cheek bones! Isn’t she beautiful?

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At this point in the month, I was in Orlando on a business trip. Which means I missed Tet. Yen rose to the occasion, though, and took the kids to a festival in Boston.

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Linus considered it a success: he got a lollipop!

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I got home the next day and brought Linus a Minion sweatshirt (which he declared disappointing), and Mina some unicorn slippers. She loves them.

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And then we all got the flu. Horrible, horrible flu that I must have picked up on the plane. It was a horrific week! I was out of work four days, and Mina actually hit 101.9 at one point!

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But the kids kept their senses of humor. Here they’re making fun of me because I kept yelling at them not to hit themselves.

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Up next… Our much needed vacation. Stay tuned!